Barring Some Unforeseen Accident Paperback – 28 Feb 2008
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First off, the novel is easy to read and the chapters are short; something I like since my life is a mess right now. Second, the story really pulls you through. This is not a mystery novel or a romance book, but if you like those genres, you can read it and still get something out of it. I'd like to tell you that it's reminiscent of so-and-so's style, but it's not like anything I've ever encountered before.
The book is really a book-within-a-book----it's an actual cookbook embedded within the novel. I don't think you're going to want to make any of the recipes offered but you'll laugh yourself silly reading them. Before each one is an introduction by McCrae, and after each one is a bit added by each of the ladies. These latter bits--information about where the recipe came from, etc. are hilarious and start getting longer and longer, becoming a story in themselves as the novel progresses. The women, who appear to be friends at first, start taking shots at one another and these "after recipes" offer great insight into what is actually going on in the town. And the receipes and their before-and-after commentaries serve to parady so many cookbooks and the way they're put together. If you've ever read a cookbook and rolled your eyes at the "added bits" then you'll love this novel.
The story is about the author (McCrae) who is asked to come to the Southern U.S. to help out a group of Junior League Ladies (snooty women who think they're better than everyone else and have their own club) put together a cookbook.Read more ›
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I've never wanted to write a bad review, but this book is the worst I've ever read! I strongly suspect that the positive reviews are written by the author's friends. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J.S.
This is a very quirky tale of dark deeds in the Deep South of America. I am not sure if I liked it or not. Read morePublished on 12 April 2012 by H. Macrae